Student attire and grooming must permit the student to participate in learning without posing a risk to the health or safety of any student or school district personnel.
Students must wear a shirt with shorts, pants or skirt, or the equivalent (for example, dresses or leggings) and shoes conducive to physical activity.
Sneakers are required for PE and all field trips.
Clothing must cover areas from one armpit to the other armpit, down to approximately 3 to 4 inches in length on the upper thighs. Tops must have shoulder straps.
Clothing must cover undergarments (waistbands and straps excluded) AND midriffs.
Fabric must be opaque. Any rips or tears must be below 3 to 4 inches in length.
Hats and other headwear must allow the face to be visible to staff, and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff. Hoodies must allow the face and ears to be visible to school staff.
Sunglasses must be removed upon entering the buildings.
Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities, including physical education, science labs, and other activities where unique hazards exist.
Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.
Attire or grooming depicting or advocating violence, criminal activity, use of alcohol or drugs, pornography, or hate speech are prohibited. Specifically:
Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity, or sexual acts.
Clothing may not display or imply vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images.
Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected classification.
Clothing must not threaten the health or safety of any other student or staff.
Enforcement must accommodate clothing worn by students to express sincerely held religious beliefs (headscarves, for example) and worn by students with disabilities (protective helmets, for example).
Parent/Guardian Responsibility: The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests primarily with the student and the parents or guardians. Parents or guardians are responsible for ensuring student compliance with the school dress code.
Student Responsibility: All students are responsible for complying with the dress code during school hours and school activities.
Staff Responsibility: To equitably enforce the district dress code, teachers, administrators and all school staff must be notified of the policy at the beginning of the school year in regards to its purpose and spirit, and how to enforce it without shaming students or disproportionately impacting certain student groups. Staff should be guided by the dress code policy and follow the letter and spirit of the district dress code.
In no circumstances shall a student be spoken to about a dress code violation in front of other students.
Teachers or staff discussing a dress or grooming violation with a student should present options for obtaining appropriate clothing (e.g. school clothing closet; parent contact).
Enforcement must be equitable, with no group experiencing disproportionate enforcement.
It is the responsibility of the principal or designee to determine if a student is dressed appropriately under the school’s uniform dress code.
Exceptions and Accommodations.
The principal may exempt a student from the wearing of a uniform or uniform dress if requested in writing by the parent or guardian because of extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are generally limited to the student’s disability/medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs that are substantially affected by a uniform dress code requirement.
The principal will interview the parents and the student before making a decision regarding an exemption. The exemption shall be as narrow as possible in order to ensure that the appropriate accommodation is made. The principal shall confirm the dress code required of the student subject to an exemption in writing to the parent and student. The principal is highly encouraged to contact the Board of Directors when exemptions are requested.
SCS will maintain a source for clothing that disadvantaged students may use so that the dress code does not create a financial burden on the family. The identity of the family or child shall not be disclosed.
SCS will open a uniform bank for receipt of donated, new or used uniforms or uniform dress clothing items and substitute clothing to be loaned on a daily basis to non-compliant students.
Nothing in this directive shall be construed to restrict or ban a student’s wearing of religious clothing. Parents having religion-based concerns regarding a school’s dress policy are encouraged to discuss them with the principal.
Costumes are not allowed to have any dangerous objects (i.e. toy swords, toy guns, chains, skates, or spray cans) . Please leave all accessories at home.
Students should be able to manipulate their own costumes so that they can use the restroom independently.
Young children should be in costume when they arrive at school and must be able to sit and learn without distraction.
Costumes should not be frightening. No blood or gore. No masks or costumes that cover the head.
Costumes should be opaque.
Shoes must be safe (no slippers or high heels)
Face masks, hoods, or anything that covers the face cannot be worn.
If a child does not meet the guidelines, he/she will be asked to remove the costume.